My oh MY how time flies!
I totally forgot that on November 11, 2011 (same as my wedding anniversary) marked one year being locked this second time around. Seems like just yesterday I posted 6 month updates (at least I “think” it was 6 mo) But anyway, it’s been a very interesting ride this go-round.
Less “stressful” and what I mean by that is, when I first initially locked my hair back in 2001, I was so anxious about the process because it was all new to me. What should I expect…how long would it take to lock up…and just anxiousness about my hair, period.
This time around, however, I was very carefree. I didn’t “sweat” how soon it would lock up or anything else for that matter. I used conditioner (something that I teach against in my ebook), I cut it (something else I don’t advise doing until the locs are mature) and I just enjoyed my hair. I enjoyed the way that my hair continued to resemble loose natural hair and did not care about it looking like locs. I even (*GASP*) flat-ironed it. Yep, I saw my daughter flat-ironing her hair one day and thought to myself, “Hmmm…I wonder if…” and then before I decided to actually DO it, I did a search on trusty YouTube for “flat-ironing” locs and BINGO! I watched about 3 videos on the subject, most of which were Sisterlock wearers.
So, I tried it myself. It was “okay” but not all that. Then, on Thanksgiving Day (2011), I decided to do it once more and it turned out nicely…I took my time that time, though. And what I did was actually CURL my locs with the flat-iron, which can be done if you know how to maneuver it.
But I probably will NOT be doing it again for a long while. I’ll just stick to “out” styles and roller sets as one common thing that the ladies I viewed on YouTube indicated was that if you do it TOO much, you can run the risk of making your locs permanently flat. Thankfully when I flat-ironed the first time around and washed it, it bounced right back to original shape and curliness!
But the photos you are about to see is actually my hair after having been roller/pin-curl set while still under the same flat-ironing I did on Thanksgiving.
Well, that’s about all I have to report about my one year loc anniversary for the second time around!
I didn’t take a lot of pics, only a couple…but I hope you enjoy them anyway.
(click on the pics to enlarge them)
As you can see, the length is pretty much the same (remember, I cut my hair since having locked it) but notice how much less they look like braids now.
Not only that, but notice that my Bradelocz, after a year, are slightly larger/thicker than the initial braids? So don’t judge how big or small your locs will be based on the braids being skinny…they do change over time!
Blessings & Warmest Regards,